House of the Week: $5.4 million for a custom home in Leaside with a half-tonne fireplace

House of the Week: $5.4 million for a custom home in Leaside with a half-tonne fireplace

The 3,700-square-foot property also comes with American walnut all over, 21-foot ceilings, multiple decks and a sauna

Neighbourhood: Leaside
Price: $5,398,000
Previously sold for: $1,059,501 in 2013
Size: 3,700 square feet plus a 1,800-square-foot basement
Bedrooms: 4+1
Bathrooms: 6
Real estate agents: Steven Green, Royal LePage


The place

A custom-built four-plus-one-bedroom, six-bathroom detached in Leaside. Nestled on a quiet corner, the two-storey home has wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling windows, a giant finished basement and a separate garage out back. It overlooks Sunnybrook Park and is steps from the future Eglinton Crosstown as well as a short drive from Bayview and the DVP.

The history

In 2013, the current owners bought the old red-brick that once stood on this property and replaced it with a contemporary build. As part of the $2.5-million project, they added hardwood stairs, Belgian aluminum windows and stone counters. They’re now downsizing to save money.

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The tour

The façade takes cues from both 1960s modernism and postmodernism.

The facade of this home is relatively unassuming, but wait until you get inside.

Here’s the foyer. That built-in bench is made from American walnut.

The foyer as a walnut bench, with plenty more to come.

The foyer leads to a striking open-concept space with 21-foot ceilings and wall-to-wall windows.

The ceilings in the living area are 21 feet.

In the kitchen: an 11-foot quartzite island and seemingly endless storage.

The kitchen walks out to a covered patio.

Next to the kitchen is this dining area. Its herringbone floors are engineered white oak.

The flooring is engineered white oak.

And just beyond the dining area is the family area. The wood-burning fireplace is equipped with a guillotine door and a single-slab granite surround that weighs nearly half a tonne.

The granite fireplace defines the family room.

This 200-square-foot private office is just down the hall.

How about a 200-square-foot office?

The huge mudroom, which connects to the side of the home, has wall-to-wall built-in walnut storage.

Wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling walnut storage.

This is the second-floor landing.

The second-floor landing and its skylight.

Now the main bedroom, which comes with a 50-square-foot balcony.

The main bedroom comes with a private deck.

The walk-in closet is made of—you guessed it—more American walnut.

The walk-in closet is something to see.

Here’s the ensuite bathroom, with marble counters, a long glass shower and a soaker tub featuring a view of Leaside.

The bathroom's soaker tub overlooks the street.

The secondary bedroom also walks out to a deck.

This secondary bedroom also has a killer view.

It has an ensuite bathroom too.

A look at one of the secondary bathrooms.

This unused space could be turned into another bedroom, an office or a library.

This space could be converted into a lounge or bedroom.

Moving to the basement reveals the second family room.

Future residents may want to transform the basement into a rec room or theatre.

There’s an additional bedroom down here with its own ensuite

There's an additional bedroom in the basement.

And behold the spa-style sauna.

This is the sauna, also in the basement.

Guests can conveniently hop into this adjoining shower post-shvitz.

The sauna'a adjoining shower.

Next to the sauna, there’s a 150-square-foot fitness room.

A 150-square-foot fitness room

And don’t forget the basement powder room.

There's a powder room down here too.

The backyard can be accessed via the kitchen and comes with a covered patio.

The backyard patio.

Its flagstone pathway leads to the detached garage.

The property comes with a detached garage as well.

Finally, a look at the garage and rear of the home from the street.

One final look at the rear of the home.


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